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Dumfries & Galloway

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve

One of Scotland’s favourite waterfalls takes a spectacular 60m plunge into the valley below

Things to do

Guided tours

Ranger-led guided walks are available during the summer. Fossil hunts during the summer are popular with families, and for the adventurous there are high-level mountain walks to the summits. If you want to learn a new skill or develop those you already have, why not try our Mountain Navigation or Landscape Photography workshops.

Nature spotting

There is a live HDTV link to the peregrine falcon nest camera (May to June).


A 100m surfaced path leads over a footbridge to a circular waterfall viewing area with interpretation and benches. The surrounding terrain is rough and very steep.

The steep slopes around Grey Mare’s Tail can be dangerous. For your safety please stay on footpaths and follow signs provided. Do not climb over barriers erected to protect you from landslips.

A 10-minute walk takes you to spectacular views of the waterfall. 

A 1¼-mile steep mountain path starts at the waterfall viewing area and ends at Loch Skeen, a glassy pool of mountain water and the source of the waterfall. 

Challenge yourself to climb to the 821m summit of White Coomb – a Corbett and the highest hill in Dumfriesshire.

Walks here

Grey Mare's Tail to Loch Skeen

1 hour to Loch Skeen
1¼ miles from the waterfall viewing area to the loch (2½ miles in total)

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